Civil rights movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant civil rights movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, captivating, sincere, inspirational and dramatic films and TV shows about / with civil rights, politics, racism, african american, runaway, segregation, society, storytelling, mentor and black plots mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as civil rights: Malcolm X (1992), The Butler (2013), The Help (2011), Selma (2014), 12 Years a Slave (2013), Mississippi Burning (1988), The Secret Life of Bees (2008), Milk (2008), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Ali (2001).

List of civil rights movies

 7.7
 94K
Malcolm X (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 202 min.
Story: A tribute to the controversial black activist and leader of the struggle for black liberation. He hit bottom during his imprisonment in the '50s, he became a Black Muslim and then a leader in the Nation of Islam. His assassination in 1965 left ...
Style: inspirational, epic, political, factual, intense ...
Plot: racism, civil rights, african american, politics, civil rights movement, islam, black history, assassination, prison, muslim, police brutality, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 50s, 60s, 1920s ...
Place: usa, africa, harlem, new york, middle east ...
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 7.2
 115K
The Butler (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A look at the life of Cecil Gaines who served eight presidents as the White House's head butler from 1952 to 1986, and had a unique front-row seat as political and racial history was made.
Style: touching, emotional, bad ending, political, inspirational ...
Plot: civil rights, racism, u.s. president, butler, white house, president, african american, blacks and whites, racial discrimination, black history, injustice, prejudice ...
Time: 80s, year 1957, year 2008, year 1961, 50s ...
Place: washington d.c., usa, nashville tennessee, birmingham alabama, tennessee ...
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 8.1
 454K
The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, India
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Aibileen Clark is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson is an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her family's ...
Style: touching, inspirational, thought provoking, uplifting, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens, kids
Plot: racism, friendship, maid, master and servant, discrimination, civil rights, hopes, racial issues, writers, social relations, racial segregation, blacks and whites ...
Time: 60s, year 1963, 50s, 20th century
Place: mississippi, usa, southern usa
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 7.5
 92K
Selma (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: "Selma," as in Alabama, the place where segregation in the South was at its worst, leading to a march that ended in violence, forcing a famous statement by President Lyndon B. Johnson that ultimately led to the signing of the Civil Rights ...
Style: emotional, thought provoking, sincere, political, factual ...
Plot: racism, civil rights, civil rights movement, politics, justice, african american, racial segregation, black history, idealism, righting the wronged, president, racial discrimination ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1965, year 1963, year 1964
Place: alabama, usa, boston, southern usa, birmingham alabama
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12 Years a Slave (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In ...
Style: motivational, heartbreaking, disturbing, bleak, rough ...
Plot: slavery, racism, torture, freedom, life is a bitch, interracial relations, survival, african american, civil rights, master and servant, kidnapping, confined ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, new york state, georgia ...
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Mississippi Burning (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Two FBI agents investigating the murder of civil rights workers during the 60s seek to breach the conspiracy of silence in a small Southern town where segregation divides black and white. The younger agent trained in FBI school runs up against the ...
Style: suspense, realistic, disturbing, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: racism, small town, civil rights, african american, ku klux klan, police, investigation, murder, violence, racial segregation, racial slur, police brutality ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: mississippi, usa, southern usa
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The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father, Lily flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and only ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, emotional, sweet ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: racism, friendship, civil rights, coming of age, teenage life, teenage girl, single father, haunted by the past, african american, racial segregation, interracial relations, family business ...
Time: year 1964, 60s, 20th century
Place: south carolina, usa
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Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (2006)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Japan has been invaded and conquered by the Britannian Empire. Japan is now known as Area 11 and its citizens known as Elevens. The Britannian Empire takes away Japan's autonomous power and imposes its rule through the use of Knightmares. The ...
Style: rough, stylized, suspenseful, futuristic, serious ...
Audience: kids, boys' night
Plot: rebellion, mind control, young heroes, civil rights, rebelliousness, youth, resistance, peril, leader, emperor, battles, military ...
Time: future
Place: japan, kyoto japan, asia
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 7.5
 172K
Milk (2008)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The story of California's first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk, who became an outspoken agent for change, seeking equal rights and opportunities for all. His great love for the city and its people brought him backing from young and ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, sincere, touching, sad ...
Plot: gay, gays and lesbians, politics, homosexual, discrimination, homosexuality, civil rights, protest, lgbt, male homosexuality, murder, politician ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1977, year 1975, year 1972 ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa, florida, minnesota ...
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Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The story of an old Jewish widow named Daisy Werthan and her relationship with her colored chauffeur Hoke. From an initial mere work relationship grew in 25 years a strong friendship between the two very different characters in a time when those ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, touching, emotional, talky ...
Audience: kids, girls' night, family outing
Plot: elderly, friendship, racism, master and servant, golden years, civil rights, jewish, chauffeur, prejudice, old age, interracial relations, widow ...
Time: 50s, 70s, 1940s, 60s, 20th century
Place: atlanta georgia, atlanta, georgia, usa
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 6.7
 100K
Ali (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: In 1964, a brash, new pro boxer, fresh from his Olympic gold medal victory, explodes onto the scene: Cassius Clay. Bold and outspoken, he cuts an entirely new image for African Americans in sport with his proud public self-confidence and his ...
Style: uplifting, touching, sincere, thought provoking, inspirational ...
Plot: boxing, muslim, friendship, civil rights, racism, sport, african american, politics, vietnam war, rise to the top, human spirit, athlete's life ...
Time: 70s, 60s, year 1964, year 1974, 20th century
Place: africa, nigeria, usa
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The Long Walk Home (1990)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Two women, black and white, in 1955 Montgomery Alabama, must decide what they are going to do in response to the famous bus boycott lead by Martin Luther King.
Style: inspirational, thought provoking, realistic, touching, political ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: segregation, civil rights, racism, women, friendship, master and servant, unlikely friendships, ku klux klan, black lives matter, girl power, human rights, fighting the system ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1955
Place: alabama, new jersey, usa, southern usa
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Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Ghosts of Mississippi is a drama covering the final trial of the assassin, Bryon De La Beckwith, of the 60s civil rights leader Medgar Evers. It begins with the murder and the events surrounding the two initial trials which both ended in a hung ...
Style: thought provoking, talky, factual, compassionate, inspirational ...
Plot: racism, courtroom, civil rights, courtroom drama, legal, legal investigation, lawyer, justice, investigation, murder, assassination, racial violence ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 90s
Place: usa, mississippi, southern usa
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The Best of Enemies (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: The story of the real-life unlikely relationship between an outspoken civil rights activist and a local Ku Klux Klan leader in 1971 North Carolina.
Style: rough, sincere, psychological, thought provoking, disturbing ...
Plot: interracial friendship, human spirit, civil rights, interracial relations, racism, ku klux klan, name calling, tiredness, aggression, court, anxiety, hate ...
Time: 70s, year 2005, year 1971, year 2016
Place: north carolina, usa
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 7.0
 34K
Loving (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest for their marriage in Virginia led to a legal battle that would end at the US Supreme Court.
Style: inspirational, romantic, melancholic, heartbreaking, thought provoking ...
Plot: interracial couple, interracial marriage, interracial love, racism, segregation, marriage, civil rights, racial segregation, love, supreme court, justice, court ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1958, 60s
Place: virginia, australia, washington d.c., usa
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 7.6
 25K
Bloody Sunday (2002)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The dramatised story of the Irish civil rights protest march on January 30 1972 which ended in a massacre by British troops.
Style: rough, bleak, political, disturbing, captivating ...
Plot: ira, irish republican army, civil rights, politics, protest, rebellion, ethnic conflict, political unrest, state affairs, fighting the system, social problems, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s, year 1972, 20th century
Place: ireland, england, california, israel, europe ...
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 8.0
 404
King (1978)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 271 min.
TV show
Story: A 1978 TV miniseries about the career of Martin Luther King Jr. from his days as a Baptist minister in Atlanta in the early '50s until his assassination in 1968.
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: civil rights, racism, american history, black man, liberation theology, politics, assassination, usa history, fighting the system, clergy, state affairs, life is a bitch ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century, 70s
Place: memphis, usa
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Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Bill O'Neal infiltrates the Black Panthers per FBI Agent Mitchell and J. Edgar Hoover. As Black Panther Chairman Fred Hampton ascends, falling for a fellow revolutionary en route, a battle wages for O’Neal’s soul.
Style: inspirational, disturbing, suspenseful, suspense, thought provoking ...
Plot: civil rights, violence, betrayal, murder, prison, informant, assassination, justice, politics, betrayal by friend, black history, street life ...
Time: 60s, year 1968
Place: chicago illinois
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 7.3
 10K
Talk to Me (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Music, War
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The story of Washington D.C. radio personality Ralph "Petey" Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist in the 1960s.
Style: sincere, inspirational, emotional, realistic, talky ...
Plot: radio, civil rights, african american, ex convict, protest, segregation, society, media, ambition, prison, friendship, hip hop ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., los angeles, new york, usa, california
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 7.1
 3K
When We Rise (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
TV show
Story: The personal and political struggles, setbacks and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBT men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. Civil Rights movement from its turbulent infancy in the 20th century to the once unfathomable ...
Style: tense, suspense, lgbt cinema, suspenseful, unusual plot structure ...
Plot: gay, lesbian, civil rights, lgbt, gay rights, women's rights, lgbtq, racial prejudice, friendship, family relations, surrogate family, protest ...
Place: san francisco
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 7.4
 25K
Amazing Grace (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The true story of William Wilberforce's courageous quest to end the British slave trade. Although meeting intense opposition, his minister, John Newton, urges him to see the cause through.
Style: inspirational, political, talky, factual, compassionate ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: slavery, politics, slave trade, friendship, christian, civil rights, freedom, politician, corruption, social justice, mentor, justice ...
Time: 18th century, 1790s, 19th century, georgian era, 50s ...
Place: england, london, africa, paris france, europe ...
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Remember the Titans (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After leading his football team to 15 winning seasons, coach Bill Yoast is demoted and replaced by Herman Boone – tough, opinionated and as different from the beloved Yoast as he could be. The two men learn to overcome their differences and turn a ...
Style: inspirational, emotional, touching, sentimental, feel good ...
Audience: teens, kids, chick flick, family outing, girls' night ...
Plot: racism, american football, african american, sport, racial tension, high school, football, racial prejudice, prejudice, school, friendship, coach ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: virginia, usa, california, new jersey, southern usa
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The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In February, 1962, as the civil rights movement reaches Bayonne, Louisiana, a New York journalist arrives to interview Jane Pittman, who has just turned 110. She tells him her story dating back to her earliest memories before slavery ended. In ...
Style: political, epic, non-linear, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: civil rights, slavery, racism, discrimination, flashback, journalist, elderly, african american, social injustice, racist, black american, female protagonist ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 19th century, 1860s
Place: southern usa, louisiana, usa
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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, South Africa, France
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, inspirational, sexy ...
Plot: prison, rebellion, human spirit, civil rights, prison life, oppression, politics, courage, brutality, family, racism, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, 50s, 60s ...
Place: south africa, africa
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 7.5
 95K
42 (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The powerful story of Jackie Robinson, the legendary baseball player who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier when he joined the roster of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The film follows the innovative Dodgers’ general manager Branch Rickey, the ...
Style: sentimental, inspirational, emotional, factual, touching ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: baseball, racism, sport, against the odds, racial segregation, rivalry, african american, athlete and trainer, athlete's life, americana, human spirit, rise to the top ...
Time: 1940s, 70s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1948 ...
Place: boston, new jersey, california, new york, usa ...
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 7.6
 16K
Lenny (1974)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The story of acerbic 1960s comic Lenny Bruce, whose groundbreaking, no-holds-barred style and social commentary was often deemed by the Establisment as too obscene for the public.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, realistic, serious, rough ...
Plot: drug addiction, judaism, fighting the system, stand up comedian, addiction, drug abuse, civil rights, against the rules, rise and fall, lifestyle, ambition, showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 70s
Place: usa
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Iron Jawed Angels (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Defiant young activists take the women's suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote.
Style: serious, sincere, captivating, realistic, silent film
Plot: feminism, injustice, civil rights, fighting the system, political unrest, life is a bitch, politics, journalism, state affairs, human spirit, women's rights, leadership ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1912, year 1917, 1920s
Place: washington d.c., virginia, philadelphia, tennessee
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 6.7
 11K
Catch a Fire (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: France, UK, South Africa, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The true story of anti-apartheid activists in South Africa, and particularly the life of Patrick Chamusso, a timid foreman at Secunda CTL, the largest synthetic fuel plant in the world. Patrick is wrongly accused, imprisoned and tortured for an ...
Style: tense, thought provoking, factual, emotional, harsh ...
Plot: terrorism, politics, racism, rebellion, fighting the system, civil rights, police brutality, apartheid, visceral, ethnic conflict, political unrest, false accusation ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1980, year 1991
Place: south africa, africa, angola
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 7.0
 21K
Hairspray (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Music, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Ample teen Tracy Turnblad wants nothing more than to be on the hip local TV dance program, "The Corny Collins Show" -- and when her dream comes true, her lively moves and bubbly personality meet with unexpected popularity. But after ...
Style: feel good, light, stylized, witty, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: interracial love, fat girl, rock and roll, teenager, farce, music, social differences, dancing, civil rights, racial segregation, hair, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1962, year 1963, 80s
Place: baltimore, usa, maryland, california
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 7.6
 29K
Gettysburg (1993)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 271 min.
Story: Summer 1863. The Confederacy pushes north into Pennsylvania. Union divisions converge to face them. The two great armies clash at Gettysburg, site of a theology school. For three days, through such legendary actions as Little Round Top and ...
Style: epic, realistic, factual, intense, captivating ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: american civil war, civil war, slavery, war, battles, military, prejudice, soldier, heroic mission, civil rights, battle zone, military life ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa, pennsylvania, maryland
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